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On the Cover - Harry Potter has taken me Heory world by storm, and, thanks to a 
new movie. The Lord of the Rings has bund a new generation of fans. Certainly, the 
stories have similarities, but their woridvtems are dramatically different. Dr. Beth 
Impson examines the two tales and draws some concisions from a biblical worldview. 


Middle Earth 



A tale of two worldviewj 

by Beth Impwn 

My H-year-old son lias just completed J. R. R. 
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books yet again. But while he's 
getting his fill of battles and dragons and ores and 
elves - the excitement and adventure he loves them 
for- his mind and spirit are also being fed crystal- 
clear images of good and evil, right and wrong, 
mercy and justice: images which I pray will help 
form in him the Scriptural values that we are teach- 
Tng him as a guide to his daily choices. 
While he is enjoying Gandalf and other inhabitants of Middle 
Faith, he has not yet met Harry Potter and the other wizards at 

In The Two Towers, just before Sam and Frodo enter Mordor, 
Saffl says QJ the tales they have heard all their lives that he 
used to think people went looking for such adventures. But 
now he realizes that "[f]olk seem to have been just landed 
in them, usually - their paths were laid that way, as you 
put it. But I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of k 
turning back, onlv they didn't." Then he realizes they 
are actually a part of those same tales and asks. 
"Don't the great tales never end?" Frodo replies, 
"No. |. . .] but the people in them come, and go 
when their part's ended." And at the end of their 
adventures, he tells Sam, "I tried to save the 
Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It 
must often be so, Sam, when things are in 
danger: someone has to give them up, lose 
them, so that others may keep them." 

Here we see much of the appeal of 
the Ring books and some of the ways 
they reflect a Biblical worldview: each 
of us is onlv one actor in a tale that 
began long before us and will 

Fantasy illustrates the virtues 
and vices of human nature. But 
what worldviews do those tales 
really reflect? 



The singing of the Hogwarts 
school song: 

"'Everyone pick their favorite 
tune,' said Dumbledore, 'and off we 
go!' Everybody finished the song at 
different times. At last, only the 
Weasley twins were left singing 
along to a very slow funeral march. 
Dumbledore conducted their last few 
lines with his wand and when they 
had finished, he was one of those 
who clapped loudest. 'Ah, music,' he 
said, wiping his eyes. 'A magic 
beyond all we do here!'" 


Frodo is listening to the Elves 
sing in Rivendell: "At first the beauty 
of the melodies and the interwoven 
words in the Elven-tongue, even 
though he understood them little, 
held him in a spell, as soon as he 
began to attend to them. Almost it 
seemed that the words took shape, 
and visions of far lands and bright 
things that he had never yet imag- 
ined opened out before him; and the 
firelit hall became like a golden mist 
above seas of foam that sighed on 
the margin of the world." 

probably go on long after our part is over - and it 
is up to us to play that part in submission to 
the One who created us for it and in 
harmony with His laws and with our fellow 
actors, even if it requires great sacrifice. 
Even the great and powerful wizard, 
Gandalf, acknowledges that he is only a 
steward, set in Middle Earth for a time 
to protect and preserve, if possible, all 
that is good and beautiful in it for the 
next age, as well as to teach wisdom to 
those who will then rule. 
Submission to the counsel and commands of 
those in authority is essential to the harmony of 
Tolkien's tale, as it is in life. As Frodo obeys Gandalf 
and accepts the counsel of Elrond and Aragorn, he 
grows in wisdom and becomes able to make wise choices 
when counsel is no longer available. 
Selfish desires and ambitions, on the other hand, cause 
various characters to place themselves outside the whole, becom- 
ing a law to themselves and thus creating disharmony and evil con- 
sequences. Besides Sauron, Saruman is the most obvious example, but 
even among those who fight Sauron, delay and grief come about 
because of pride: Boromir, for example, tries to take the Ring from Frodo 
and the ores kill him and capture Merry and Pippin. As in the true story 
of our own world, such evil sometimes results in good - Merry and 
Pippin, taken to Fanghorn, rouse the Ents against Saruman. Tolkien d. 
not, however, suggest that the good that comes this way mitigates the evil 
of the selfish act; it comes only through unnecessary sorrow, pain, and 
and it is a gift of grace. 

This understanding of our place in the whole is one of many values I 
pray my son is imbibing with his repeated readings of the Ring books. I 
have been asked why, then, I refuse to let him read J. K. Rowling's Harry 
Poller series, which some Christians favorably compare to Tolkien's work, 
claiming that Rowling presents the same classic battle between good and 
evil. Harry and Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts headmaster, are said to 
be models of courage and wisdom similar to Frodo and Gandalf, with the 
distinct advantage that Harry is an adolescent rather than a miniature 
adult. However, placing the characters' actions and motives along- 
side Biblical principles clearly reveals a worldview entirely 
opposed to truth. 

There is little sense of history or purpose in the world of 
Harry Potter. Magic power is used mainly to perform all 
ordinary tasks such as cooking and cleaning, to play 
games like Quidditch, and to deceive others in order to 
satisfy individual desires, such as stealing food from 
the kitchens or humiliating undesirable classmates. ^ ^ 

True, die good wizards like Dumbledore and 
I larry are opposed to the evil wizards like 
Voldemort, but there is no sense of genuine 
order or authority, no principles that must 
be followed by all to create a harmo- 


nious communi- 
ty. Rules exist, but are often only 
enforced when the rule breaker is caught by a 
teacher who doesn't like him. In fact, breaking 
rules can bring fantastic rewards if it displays a 
special ability, such as when Harry's broom-rid- 
ing talent is revealed, or if it saves someone from 
great danger, even if that danger came about 
because rules were broken in the first place. 

Dumbledore, the shaper of the young minds 
in his care and thus a key to the books' world- 
view, condones and encourages Harry's rule 
breaking, not by giving him permission to act 
beforehand, but behind the scenes and after the 
fact, apparently in order to teach Harry to "think 
for himself." Adults, tot), are only bound by rules 
arbitrarily. Mr. Weasley's job is to keep wizards 
from enchanting Muggle objects, but he does so 
himself and asks his children and Harry not to 
reveal his hypocrisy. We are clearly meant to 
admire Mr. Weasley's easy-going, pleasant nature, 
which is opposed to his wife's tense and unpleas- 
ant "legalism," just as his fun-loving sons are 
opposed to the thoroughly self-righteous, prig- 
gish Hermione - who becomes "much nicer" once 
she "relaxes" and helps with the rule-breaking. 

Rowling presents this attitude toward author- 
ity as an acceptable norm, hi the world she has 
created, the breaking of legitimate rules is at 
worst annoying to those who dislike the rule 
breaker, but is generally amusing to everyone else 
and .it beat .shows true courage deserving of rich 
reward. In the real world, of course, such an atti- 
tude and such actions inevitably lead sooner or 
Liter to disaster - we need look no further than 
the Hall for proof - and Tolkien's world upholds 
this truth. Only when illegitimate prohibitions are 
made by evil or misguided men may they be bro- 
ken, and the legitimate principle they violate 
must be clear: Lord Denethor, for example, 
has no right to take the life of his son, how- 
ever ill he is, and Beregond is right to 
prevent him even in defiance of his 
commands. However, this would pre- 
i elude, one would think, breaking 
rules one has been hired to enforce 
out of mere curiosity, smuggling dan- 
gerous and illegal dragons for one's 
friends, and exploring forbidden passages 
where three-headed dogs stand guard to kill 
all intruders - actions presented as humorous, 
loyal, and courageous. 

Perhaps the clearest example of the contradic- 
tion this philosophy embodies is this: we are 
expected to commend Mr. Weasley when he says 
he will investigate Malfoy for having enchanted 
Muggle objects and have him disciplined for 
breaking the law; yet we are to be indignant 
when Malfoy exposes Weasley's own such 
enchantments and cheer when he is let off. Why? 
Weasley apparently can break the law because he 
is "nice" and means no harm, but Malfoy should 
be punished for it because he is certainly not 
"nice" and in the past supported Harry's enemy 
Voldemort. There is no standard here by which to 
judge good and evil - characters are good or evil 
because the author pleases to tell us so by making 
them merely pleasant or unpleasant, not right- 
eous or unrighteous. 

I do not want my son immersing himself in a 
world in which Biblical values are turned upside 
down, and a philosophy opposed to the truth is 
presented so appealingly - what child wouldn't 
want to live in a place where he could indulge his 
flesh and choose for himself what is right and 
wrong? But the world is too much with us as it is, 
and fiction works its influence with great subtlety. 
At this vulnerable age, when he is only beginning 
to learn critical thinking skills, 1 prefer to focus 
his reading of fiction on books that clearly uphold 
a Biblical worldview; there are plenty of other 
venues for lessons in discernment that are less 
subtle and easier for a child to grasp. 
And so the Haiti/ Potter books will 
remain in the library and we will 
read C. S. Lewis's space trilogy this 
summer, and if he picks up The 
Lord of the Rings again, I will be 

Dr. Beth Impson is profes- 
sor of English at Bryan 
and author of Called to 
Womanhood (Crossway, i 
Wheaton, III., 2001), a 
study of feminism and 
religion, in 2001. 


itheism as a worldview is below the radar screen for most Christians. 
Publicly, we get all over the strange ideas of a Richard Gere who challenged us to 
have compassion on the nineteen 9/ II terrorists. They are, Gere said, "Creating 
such horrible future lives for themselves because of the negativity of this karma." 
Or Sam Smith who proclaimed to the Green Party at their conference, "The World 
Trade disaster is a globalized version of the Columbine High School disaster. When 
you bully people long enough they are going to strike back." 

These responses are too easy and it's a good thing. Zeal without knowledge is 
the most distinguishing feature of Christian public discussion. We take on Harry 
Potter with a vengeance but our shallow understanding of the nature of God's 
world limits our thinking to headlines and sound bites. The weightier matters of 
true worldview thinking are left untouched. After all, we have the numbers. There 
are only about 6,000 members of the American Humanists Association while there 
are over 16 million Southern Baptists, eight million Methodists and four million 
Presbyterians. We win! 

Or do we? 

Atheist Discontent 

Atheists are complaining that they have been left out of the post-9/11 recov- 
ery. Public prayers, hymns, and testimonies drive them nuts. One atheist writer 

"It's hard to see the Constitution being broken ami aiwided as readily 
and eagerly as it is today. It's physically hurtful to me personally to see 
the country use religion as a rallying cry, when our enemy is using the 
exact same tool." 

The constantly sputtering Richard Dawkins, Oxford professor and atheist, can- 
not believe that the attacks caused many to turn to God. 

It's tough to be an atheist, 
but that means Christians 
must be ready to "give an 
answer for the hope that is 
within you.'' 

"Is there no catastrophe," he writes, "terrible enough to shake the faith of 
a people, on both sides, in God's goodness and power? No glimmering 
realization that he might not be there at all; that we just might be on our 
own, needing to cope with the real world like grown-ups?" 

The Director of the New Jersey branch of the American Atheists issues this rally- 
ing cry: 

"Yes, it is now more difficult to be an open atheist than it has been in 

decades, and that's saying something. It is also important. I ask everyone 

to take a deep breath, shout your atheism from the rooftops, and listen 

for echoes of approval and appreciation. If you hear no echoes, shout ^^ 


Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists, announced a "March on 
Washington for Godless America" being planned for next September 21. The moti- 
vating mantra lor the group is "We are free, proud, godless, and on the move." 

by Dr. William E. Brown 

Becoming an Atheist 

I have yet to meet a person who was born an 
atheist. I am sure there are some who will claim that 
they have never believed in God but every atheist I 
talk to has had a moment in time when they "stopped 
believing in God." I say this even after a dozen trips to 
the former Soviet Union and lecturing to thousands of 
atheists. They always say, "We were taught not to 
believe in God." Some kindergarten teachers in 
Moscow told me that their students always ask ques- 
tions about God. One said to me, "1 don't know where 
they even hear of the idea of God." 

Those who become atheists usually do so for one 
of three reasons. The first is the Social Reason: "I don't 
what to be associated with those Christians on TV." 
They will often name specific Christian celebrities 
such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, or "that lady 
with the big hair." Christianity in their minds is a 
right-wing, evolution-bashing, liberal-trashing, nar- 
row-minded group of puritanical activists. Who wants 
to be a part of that? 

A second reason people turn to atheism is the 
Philosophical Reason: "If there is a God, why would He 
allow so much suffering in the world?" This is a legiti- 
mate challenge. Why has God allowed there to be evil 
present in the universe He created? Why doesn't He 
stop it? One atheist wrote, "Couldn't God have just 
given the hijackers a heart attack or something instead 
of killing all those nice people on the plane?" The real- 
ity of evil and suffering in the world is a problem for 
every worldview but for atheists it is the proof that an 
all-good, all-powerful God does not exist. 

The third reason for atheist conversions is often at 
the heart of the other two. It is the Personal Reason: "I 
don't want anybody (particularly a "God") to tell me 
how to live." Our desire for autonomy ("self rule") 
drives many to promote personal freedom with no 
accountability or consequences. Atheists bristle at the 
charge that their worldview promotes the belief in no 
or low moral standards but they consider it a small 
price to pay when the options are religious moralists, 
legalists, or the Taliban. 

Responding to the 

Atheist Challenge 

Atheists are proud of themselves. They consider 
themselves to be the free-thinking remnant; guided by 
reason and focused on the hard reality that we are in 
this difficult world all by ourselves. 

Atheism has serious philosophical flaws. Where 
does the idea of God come from? How about the con- 
cept of good and evil? What about the drive to find 
meaning and purpose in life? They, of course, respond 
that these are all mental habits developed by millions 
of years of evolutionary processes and have nothing to 
do with reality. They are the baggage of being at the 
top of the evolutionary heap. 

The existence of the universe, the evidence of 
design, the nature of human personality and thought, 
etc., can easily be seen to support the existence of a 
Creator. Atheists must explain these evidences in 
terms of naturalistic evolution 

In fact, they have no choice but to constantly 
appeal to their naturalistic worldview because that is 
what forms the answers to all their questions. Their 
worldview tells them that all that exists is the physical 
world. So before they even start to answer questions 
about life, they have thrown God out as an option. No 
wonder they don't understand Christian thought! 

The last thing we as Christians should do is sit 
back and cluck our tongues at the difficult plight of 
atheists today. In fact, there will probably be a back- 
lash against religion in the near future focusing on the 
civil rights of atheists and the negative consequences 
of religious extremists. It would be a tragedy if people 
actually believed the atheist naive teaching that all 
religions are the same and therefore dangerous. 

The call for us is to continue to grow in our 
understanding of the different worldviews and live in 
such a way that the Christian life is compelling. We 
struggle not only with atheists but other religions who 
create a "god" in their image (radical Muslims, etc.) 
and professing Christians who use the truth as a polit- 
ical weapon or personal bludgeon. We must always 
live in such a way as to give credence to the truth of 
Christ, "always being ready to give an answer for the 
hope that is within you" (1 Peter 3:15). 

Then maybe the atheists can distinguish the false 
religions from the truth of Christ. 

And mavbe then they will embrace Him. 

And maybe then they won't have such a hard time. 


Sarah Martin, left. 
David Dahlke. Laura 
Luster and Bethany 
Roberts celebrate 
their graduation as 
well as David's 
accomplishment in 
walking across the 
stage to receive his 
diploma. David, gen- 
erally confined to a 
wheelchair, walked 
with crutches during 
the ceremony to the 
cheers - and not a 
few tears - of class- 
mates and friends. 



The change that graduation represents has rarely been as real for a Bryan 
College class as it was for the Class of 2002. 

Bryan President Dr. Bill Brown told class members, their families, and friends 
during Vespers before graduation, "This class saw more changes than any class in 
the history of Bryan College, mostly physical changes. When they started, they 
were eating in the Administration Building, where Kurt Wise has his office now. 
The library was there, the Lion's Den. It was all in one big building." 

Because of rain, the graduation ceremony was moved from the Triangle lawn 
into Rudd Auditorium. The changes seen by the class were even reflected in the 
ceremony - those without a ticket to Rudd's limited seating watched the pro- 
gram on video monitors in the dining room. The cafeteria opened in the spring 
of 1999. 

Special guests were Golden Graduates, members of the Class of 1952, who 
were honored with their own reunion during the weekend, and were presented 
Golden Anniversary diplomas. 

One-hundred-twenty-six seniors received a total of 128 degrees, as two grad- 
uates, Jenny Bradshaw and Sam Kostreva, each earned BA and BS degrees. And 
of the 126 graduates, 74 received their degrees with honors. 

Kicking off the graduation weekend was the Senior Vespers service. 
Jonathan Mobley acknowledged the academic education the class has received - 
"I believe this has been done very well. But there are life lessons I will take 
away with me as well." 

Kelly Braun-Duin said, "The greatest thing about Bryan is that it has been a 
home away from home. We have learned to make choice after choice." 

Jonathan Urquhart related how he came to Bryan as an unbeliever, attracted 


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in Physical Plant Director Roger Simmons received his diploma 
77 President Dr. Bill Brown as Registrar Janet Piatt, left, and Trustee 
Chairman Glenn Stophel look on. Roger was one of 13 graduates from 
the ASPIRE degree completion program. 

by the love and concern he saw in the faculty and staff. 

"The summer after my junior year, I was dating a girl, 
visiting her in Pennsylvania. One day, everything just 
clicked. I said, 'right now, I need to do this (accept Christ 
as Savior). I have a future now." 

During the Golden Grad dinner before vespers, Alumni 
Association representative Jonathan Fickley, '86, reminded 
members of the Class of 1952 that "buildings come and go. 
What makes Bryan a great place is that the college has 
maintained the commitment to graduating people who, in 
their lives, want to keep 'Christ Above All.'" 

Welcoming family and friends to graduation, Board of 
Trustees Chairman Glenn Sophel acknowledged changes 
of the past several years. "Many things change. We praise 
i God for what does not change: 'Christ Above All,' a mis- 
sion of educating students to make a difference." 

Following tradition, three graduates delivered com- 
mencement addresses. Sarah Martin, a history major, 
brought chuckles when she reminded classmates that, at 
Bryan, the answer to puzzling questions is "worldview." But 
"worldview" is more than an academic exercise, she said. It 
is a way to introduce men and women to Jesus Christ 

"At Bryan, we have learned about the worldviews 
prominent in our world; we have learned different ways 
that individuals view ultimate truth and the purpose and 
meaning of life. As we leave Bryan, the worldviews that 
we have learned about will no longer be considered in 
the context of chapel or the classroom; worldviews will 
have faces, and these are the faces we are called to love 
and to share life with." 

Sarah Martin and Jared Jones received the PA. Boyd Prize one of the 

highest Honors awarded by the college, during commencement The 

prize recognizes students' character. leadership, and influence among 

their classmates. 

Adam Parker, a business major, encouraged graduates 
spend their lives building the Kingdom of God. "My 
hallenge to you, my classmates, is to catch God's greater 
ision for His kingdom, discover how your gifts and 
aining can be used to further that vision, and, once you 
ave put your hand to the plow, never look back. A life 
ved in this way can be no less than richly abundant and 
idically world-changing." 
And Cheryl Millsaps, representing the ASPIRE 
degree completion program, urged the class to consider 
how to live, not what they will do. 

Looking back to the heroic actions of police, fire, and 
rescue personnel on Sept. 11, 2001, Mrs. Millsaps said, 
"Their actions were the same actions they had quietly 
performed without recognition countless times before. It 
was not the fact that people performed in unusual ways 
that day that made them seem courageous, but that they 
responded in ordinary ways in the face of extraordinary 

"But each right decision made under ordinary circum- 
stances prepares us to make the right decision when 
extraordinary circumstances occur. Those are the times 
when there is no time to ponder or even pray, when we act 
instinctively, based on the internal value system we have 
built during a lifetime of making ordinary decisions." Mil 

■ •▼n 

ng graduation ceremonies 
y. Pictured, from left, seated, are Al Levengood. Joyce 
.~ngood. lona Hams. David Naff. Robert 'Tex' Williams, 
and Charles Koontz Standing are Director of Alumni 
Ministries Brett Roes. President Dr Bill Brown. Alan Jewett. 

-~atrl Momnr O^Kin kt^l « M ., l*u.__ ,-.. ( . .- 

Clifford Hanham. Sarah Lemp. RuthMane 
'ingham. Ruth Hookey, and Alumni Association repre- 
tative Jonathan Fickley. 86. 


Alumni Matte 

would equal 
8200,000 In 
7.2 years or 
$400,000 in 
14.4 years 


It has been said that Americans know the 
cost of everything and the value of nothing. In 
this era of ATM's and on-line trading, our 
attention seems to have drifted from much of 
the wisdom of previous generations. This is 
especially true concerning things like the rela- 
tionship between money, value, appreciated 
assets, and stewardship. 

In a recent article in Stewardship Digest, 
Frank Paterson suggests, "If we measure value 
by ownership, any time we pay taxes or give 
money away, we become worth less. But if we 
understand that the only value of anything is 
the 'ability to use it,' then if we pay taxes 
today, we give up the use of that money for 
our lifetimes, and possibly into our family's 

The "rule of 72" is a good way to under- 
stand this. To understand how long it takes for 
an asset to double in value, we simply divide 
72 by the interest rate. For example, $1 will 
become $2 in 7.2 years at 10 percent (a figure 
accurate over the past 70 years) compounded 

If we pay $100,000 in capital gains taxes 
today, or in estate taxes when we die, that 
$100,000 would equal $200,000 in 7.2 years or 
$400,000 in 14.4 years. 

When a 65-year-old person (who has a 25- 
year life expectancy) pays $100,000 in capital 
gains tax, that individual actually gives up an 
estate value of over $800,000, the value of that 
$100,000 compounded over life expectancy. 

Patterson goes on to say, "It is difficult for 
the person who does not understand this prin- 
ciple of value to comprehend the benefits of a 
charitable trust. With the charitable trust, an 

individual can transfer the value of the trust 
asset to family and transfer a like value to a 
charitable organization at the time of death. 
And this can be accomplished while retaining 
equal or greater amounts during the donor's 

The second use of this concept is a charita- 
ble lead trust established at the time of death to 
avoid estate taxes. If we pay estate taxes to the . 
federal government, we lose its use. But if we ' 
give a charitable organization the use of that 
money, given sufficient time, the use of it will 
always equal the value of the assets trans- 

As you can see, it doesn't take a $500,000 
gift to accomplish $500,000 worth of ministry. 
In fact, what you may think is a relatively 
insignificant amount of money, given time, can 
make a huge impact for the Kingdom of God in 
the educational ministry of Bryan College. 

Charitable remainder trusts and gift annu- 
ities are wonderful vehicles for individuals 
who have assets that produce little or no 
income, and, if they were to be sold, would 
incur capital gains tax. You may even consider 
something as simple as including Bryan 
College in your will. 

I hope that you will be encouraged to see 
estate planning as an act of worship and that 
you would consider your estate plan as a 
viable means of supporting the ministry of 
Bryan College. There are multiple other tools 
and vehicles available to aid you in your stew- 
ardship plan. If you would like help in obtain- 
ing any of these benefits please call Jim Barth ^ 
at 1-800-55-BRYAN. Ml 


Spring 2002 


SON, '43, continues to trans- 
late the Bible. Hazel is work- 
ing with the Burma transla- 
tion on the hook of Job. 

SUMNER WEMP, '45X, and 
his wife, Celeste, reside in 
Dallas, Texas. Sumner minis- 

rs to over 2,000 people in 
fewer 35 countries via e-mail 
and would be glad to have 
alumni and others sign on for 
e-mails. Subscribe at or you can 
visit his website at www.sum- to see what is 
being done. 

HAZEL GEIGER, '47, is a 
retired teacher but works as a 
volunteer at S. Bryan Jennings 
Elementary in Florida. Hazel 
was honored for her volun- 
teer work of nine sears at SBJ. 


IAN, '50, and JUNE (BELL), 
'51, HAY, celebrate their 
wedding anniversary at the 
SIM Retirement Center with 
more that 100 guests. Five 
family members are Bryan 
alumni and joined them for 
the festivities, including BOB, 
'86, and AMY (BECKHAM), 

7, HAY; LARRY, '76, and 
■rTRENDA (HAY), '76, KEL- 
LEY; '76; and LORREL KEL- 
LEY, 'Olx. 

/>/. tared in 

Marcy Froemke 

writes her way to romance 

Training tomorrow s teachers may have earned M 
Stewarl ! alumni, but 

Regency and inspirational romances h n her a name 

known fax beyond Bryan Hill. 

Mar.. i education since L994, has 

published nine Regency romance novels four Regencj novel- 
las and two inspirational romances since 1992, when she real- 
ized her childhood dream and hai 

"I have ed to read," she said. "In fourth grade I 

made my first little book \ 1 1 « ■ ■ f jraduated [fro eLl 

decided to tn to w rite children's I I with children's stories. 1 was rejected 

right away I tl tod doesn'l want me to write I didn't understand that rejections 

happen to an author. 

"In 1992, when I finished m energized. I thought that to live my 

life without writing 1 be disappointing tn) Eirsl Regency - it took about 

a year. I was fortunate to hi il it had been rejected 1 probably would 

have stopped w riting." 

Eight Regenq romances followed - stories set in the English Regency period oi the early 

Century - then two inspirational romances in contemporary setting 

Marcy said her attachment to the Regency romance came while she was a student at 
Bryan. "On Saturday mornings my roommate, fudy rriplett Fritts, ('71 1, and I would read 

ndes and bake pizzas, I enjoyed the escape, the sweetness of the romances, the histori- 
cal element of the Regency period. Rial whole era appealed to me; As she began writing 

her romances. "I was interested to see it I could publish with a secular publisher and still be 
wholesome, still get the message through about moralit) and ( .o^i " 

Although writing is a love - as well as a challenge - in her life, Marcv occasional!) tells 

aspiring authors that "you need a day job as well." I ler da\ job in the Bryan education 

irtmenl allows her to pass on her experience as a classtoom teacher to new generations 

of teachers. 

She taught in public schools in Rhea County for five years, including a stint as a traveling 

music teal her for lour elemental \ •, hools. The experience she gained then gave her some 

practical insights ■ s ( >me of which aren'l found in most education textbooks - to pass along 
to her students. 

Her experience in the public si ; I introduced her to her husband, Dr. Ken 

Froemke, '68. I married in 1972, and adopted a son. Brad in 1980. 

\oi mil \ was Bryan College in hei education, her time at the college helped 

Sotidif] hei spiritual foundation. The spiritual em; - inspirational tor the rest Ol m\ 

she said. "Il channeled me in directions I don't think I would have gone it I hail gone to 
I ular university." 

One thing she has taken with her is a firm conviction thai "( tod is good. That seems to be 
confirmed time and lime again, been tin. nigh I .od works for good 

and gives you grace for each situation 

Members ol the Hay family include, Iran 
left, front. JUNE (BELL) HAY. 5 1; AMY 
(HAY) KFIIFY. 76. Back. IAN HAY. 50; 

PAUL, '50x, and ELAINE 

.is missionaries to 
Brazil. Paul and Elaine are 

celebrating 50 \ ears ol min- 
istry .mii thank everyone tor 
theft prayers and support 

serves as a missionary to 
Kiev, Ukraine. Ruth i 
teacher al the New I lope 
istian School, 


JOYCE (BUICE),'70x, and 
John LARRABEE serve as 

missionaries through Baptist 
Mid-Missions to Brazil, South 
America. Joyce and John plan 
to travel to the United States 
for three months this summer. 

and his wife, Judith, reside in 

Hendersonville, Tenn. Harold 
is pastor of White's Creek 
Community Church in 

GENE, 74x, and LYNN 
serve with Mission Aviation 
Fellowship. Gene has 
assumed responsibilities as 
MAF's vice president of per- 

'75, and her husband, Dan, 
reside in Grand Prairie, Texas. 
They recently adopted a son, 
Christopher Daniel. Gee-Gee 
is a fifth grade teacher at 
Berry Elementary School. 

PUGYAO, '75, and her hus- 
band, Nard, serve as mission- 
aries to Alaska with Wycliffe 
Bible Translators. Sandy and 
Nard recently celebrated 25 
years of marriage and 25 
years with Wvcliffe. 

and Alice Skelton were mar- 
ried March 16. Thev live in 
Greenville, S.C. 

has been promoted to 
brigadier general in the 
United States Marine Corps. 
Mastin was chosen as a top 
performer and was cited for 
outstanding professional 
accomplishment, proficiency, 
leadership, initiative, and mil- 
itary bearing. Mastin is 
assigned to the 4" 1 Marine 
Expeditionary Brigade, Camp 
Lejeune, N.C. 

DREW, '76, and CANDIE 
reside in Orlando Park, III. 
They have three children, Jeff, 
Anne, and Jamie. Drew is an 
editor at InterVarsity Press. 

KEN BAKER, '76, and his 
wife, Gwen, serve as mission- 
aries to Niger Republic with 
SIM-USA. Ken and Gwen 
have three children, David, 
Mil helle, and ( atherine 

SHERWOOD, '76, and her 
husband, John, serve with 
UFM International in Brazil. 
John has been asked to serve 
as vice president for interna- 
tional ministries, overseeing 
the world ministry teams. 
John and Rachael have two 
children, Charissa and Pete. 

STEVE, '76, and MARCIA 
work with SIM-USA where 
Steve is director. They have 
three children: Cara, Mark, 
and David, and live in Tega 
Clay, S.C. 

Steve and Marcia Strauss. Cara, 
Mark, and David. 

is an educator, journalist, and 
political activist who has 
authored more than 1,000 arti- 
cles. His work appeared in 
The National Review, The 
Freeman, World, and Human 
Events, to name just a few. He 
is the founder and headmas- 
ter of The Pilgrim Academy in 
Egg Harbor, N.J. He has pub- 
lished several books including 
In His Majesty's Sewice and 
Patriots, Pirates and Pimys. 

TIM, '79, and JULIE 
reside in St. Cloud, Fla., 
where Tim is a senior chap- 
lain in (he Florida 
Department of Corrections. 


MARK GARRETT, '80, and 
his wife, Candy, serve as mis- 
sionaries to Thies, Senegal. 
They have four children, 
Kathryn, Bryan, Ethan, and 
Anne. The Garretts are back 
in the States seeking to 
reassemble and re-energize 
their prayer support team. 

Mark and Candy Garrett, Kathryn, 
Bryan. Ethan, and Anne. 

DAVE, '81, and KATHY 
(DAY), '82, CLASSENS reside 
in Brighton, Mich., where 

Dave is pastor of Ore Creek 
Community Church. Dave 
and Kathy lead small groups 
during the week. The couple 
has three children, Christina, 
14; Kelly, 11; and Kyle, 8. 

DON LARSON, '81, and 
Cathy Johnson were married 
Feb. 2. Bryan friends who 
attended the wedding includ- 
'82; JON TUBBS, '81; 
(DAVIS) WOLFE, '79; and 
JIM WOLFE, '78. 

for prayer as they feel the 
Lord leading them to move to 
another MAF ministry. 

both '84, serve as missionaries 
with Wycliffe Bible 
Translators in Papua New 
Guinea. They have three chil- 
dren, Nathan, Ryan, and 
Leslie. Jerry manages the 
media department and does 
music recordings for language 
groups. Cindy is works in the 
funding office. 


Bryan alumni at Don and Cathy Larson's wedding included, from left, 

DALE, '82, and JENNIFER 
(OAKE), '82x, SMITH reside 
in Rockford, 111., where Dale is 
pastor of Grace Reformed 
Baptist Church of Rockford. 

RICHARD, 83x, and KIM- 
serve as missionaries to Brazil 
through Word of Life. They 
have two sons, Matt and Greg. 

'83x, and her husband, David 
DEAVER, announce the birth 
of their third child, Daniel, on 
Aug. 15, 2001. Daniel joins 
brother Benjamin and sister 
Lauren. The family resides in 
Edgewater, Md. Yvonne and 
David both work for the U.S. 
Coast Guard Headquarters. 

Daniel Deaver. 

RYLE, '84, and her husband, 
Greg, serve as missionaries to 
Mali, Africa, with Missionary 
Aviation Fellowship but ask 

KOENIG, '84, and her hus- 
band, Brad, serve as missionar- 
ies to Cameroon, West Africa 
Brad was able to write his fir^r 
sermon in Esimbi and then 
deliver it in church. They are 
working on translating the 
Bible into the Esimbi language. 

GARY, '85, and DEANNA 
serve as missionaries to 
Mexico City. Gary and 
Deanna have two children, 
Nathan and Rebekah. This 
year, the Lord has provided 
them with a building to start 
the Iglesia Bautista el 
Calvario. With much prepara- 
tion and hard work the Lord 
sent 40 people to the first 
Sunday service and 16 joined. 
Also, they are excited about 
the 527 people that the Lord 
sent to attend the home edu- 
cation conference in Mexico. 

BOB, '86, and AMY (BECK- 
HAM), '87, HAY, serve as 
missionaries to Japan. Bob is 
developing SEND Japan's 
short-term missions program 
and Amy teaches English to 
the Japanese people. .^ 

BLE, '86, and her husband, 
Maurice, announce the birth 


of Reece, on June 8, 2001. The 
Etiemble family lives in Largo, 
Fla. Sandy is the marketing 
.d business development 
^manager for an engineering 
firm and Maurice is in the 
Coast Guard and is the cap- 
tain of the United States Coast 
Guard Cutter VISE out of St. 
Petersburg, Fla. 

Sandy. Maurice, and Reece Etiemble. 

JOHN PATTON, '87, and 
his wife, Ruth, serve as mis- 

sionaries to Spain. John and 
Ruth are beginning the 
church planting process, mak- 
ing friends, sowing the seed, 
witnessing, and obtaining an 
outreach facility in Alcala. 

PAT RYAN, '87, and his 
wife, Martha, reside in Dallas, 
Texas. They have two chil- 
dren, Rebecca and Rachel. Pat 
is technical manager with 
Sherwin-Williams in Dallas. 

BEN CRANDALL, '88, is in 
the United States Navy and is 
assigned to the Naval 
Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. 

RICHARDSON, '88, and her 
husband, Dennis, serve as mis- 
sionaries in Anchorage, Alaska. 
They have three children, 
Elizabeth, Sara, and Seth. 



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Dennis and Celesta Richardson, 
Elizabeth. Sara, and Seth. 

RAUL, '88, and TARA 
(BUCKLEN), '89, CRUZ have 
finished 41/2 years at 
Cheyenne Hills Church. They 
are in the process of raising 
support to plant a church in 
Laramie, Wyo., committed to 
reaching unchurched people. 

ALAN, '89, and BETH 
continue lo raise support for 
full-time ministry in Mexico. 
They have a new addition to 
the family. Joining big brother 
Cameron is Dayton Isaiah, 
born Aug. 11, 2001. 

Beth and Alan McManus. Dayton 
and Cameron. 

KEN, 89, and AMY 

reside in Highwood, III., with 
their three children, Sarah, 7; 
Gabrielle, 4; and Benjamin, 1. 
Ken just received his Ph.D. 
degree in Historical Theology 
from Trinity Evangelical 
Divinitv School. 

Ken and Amy Cleaver, Sarah, 
Gabrielle. and Benjamin. 

KEVIN, '89, and SHERRI 
(DONEHOO), '90, 
MANGUM serve with the 
youth ministry in Tupelo, 
Miss., at First Evangelical 

Church. Kevin and Sherri 
have four children: Joshua, 8; 
Joel, 6; Aaron, 3; and Anna 
Michelle, 1. 


INGRID (KREIN), '90, and 
Steve MORRIS announce the 
birth of their third child, 
Noah Demetri, on March 26. 
Noah joins big brother Elijah 
and big sister Isabella. The 
family resides in 
Lawrenceville, Ga. 

Noah Morris. 

'90, announce the birth of 
their son, Joshua Caleb, on 
March 2. Joshua joins brothers 
Daniel and James and sister 
Sarah. Mark is pastor of New 
Life Community Baptist 
Church in Evensville, Tenn. 

JAMES PROUT, '92, and 
his wife, Denise, reside in 
Huntsburg, Ohio. James is a 
business development man- 
ager for Kings Medical Co. 
They have four children, 
Hannah, Sarah, Trent, and the 
latest addition to the family, 
Abigail, born on April 6. 

MARK, '92, and DENISE 
(STOKES), '92x, SMITH 
reside in New Orleans. Mark 
received his Ph.D. degree in 
political science from the 
University of Georgia and is a 
visiting professor of political 
science at Tualne University. 
Denise is a stay-at-home 
mother to Caleb Ronald 
Montgomery, the third mem- 
ber of the Smith family. 

Caleb Smith. 

NAVRATIL, '93, and her hus- 
band, Mark, announce the 
birth of their son, Skyler 
Orion, on June 17, 2001, 
Kathleen is enjoying the 
opportunity to stay home with 
Skyler. The famil) resides in 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Kathleen, Mark, and Skyler Navralil 

* *% 

TIM MCINTOSH, '94. left, and his 
CRAVEN. 96x. right, recently met 
BRYAN. '96. and AMY (BELK) ECK. 
'97. for dinner in New York, where 
Bryan is director ot Family. Ybuth, 
and Children's Programs at the 
Cross Island YMCA of New York. 

'95, and her husband. I VI 
COTHRAN, reside in 
Ooltewah, Tenn Brenda and 
Del have three children, 
loshua, Lydia, and the newest 

addition. I a red Michael, born 
Nov. 11,2001. 

MATT, '95, and RENAE 
CUS, announce the birth of 
then daughter. McKinzie 

on March 18 Marl is the 
information l. -<-r\ 

ices i oordinator for I )ayton 
i. ii\ Schools and an adjunct 
facult) for Br) an College. 
Rehires of the Marcuses can 

be seen On their ue! 

http: / ' malt daytom it) net. 

Matt, Renae. and McKinzie Marcus. 

ALAN SMITH, '97, and 
Marinda Osboume were mar- 
ried April 20. Alan and 
Marinda reside in I ortson, ( ia. 

CARL DIEBOLD, '97, i\\K\ 
KEN CONRAD, '98x, won a 
Dove award for the I 
Form Musk \ idea during the 
2002 Dove Awards. (See 
www.doveav\ aid--. com) 

PHILIP, '97X, and 
PREVVETTE reside in [ackson, 
Miss. Philip •ini.l Christy have 
one daughter. Talia Carinne 

J A NET. (SHAFER), '99, and 
ke\ in VARNER were mai ried 
•l fhe couple 

resides in Chattanooga where 

|anel is a teacher. 

resides in Serierville, Tenn 
[oshua is a i ounselor's assis- 
tant at \\e, us Valley Ranch. 


TIM, '00, and CHRISTAL 
named Oct. 20, 2001. 
I mi and I reside in 
Michigan City, Ind. 

mm.\ loshua Rodda were married 
March 30. Deborahand loshua 
reside in Spring Qty, Tenn. 

ER) ODOR, both '01, wen' 
married April 20. Micah and 
1 1 id i reside in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Herman and Bea Wolter were 
named Honorary Alumni during 
commencement weekend in May. 
The Wollers, parents of alumnus 
Rudy Wolter, '79. have been long- 
time supporters of the college, and 
Mr Wolter has worked for many 
years for the college Advancement 
Department. Mrs. Wolter has served 
as pianist for First Baptist Church in 
Atlanta, near their home in Marietta. 
Ga. Brett Roes, left, director of 
alumni ministries, made the presen- 
tation during a dinner for the Golden 
Graduates of 1952. 

With the Lord 

MORRING, '39x, passed ^ 
away April 2. She is survived 
by her husband, JAMES, '38x. 

passed away Feb. 10, in 
Arroyo Grande, Calif. He is 
survived by his wife, HELEN 

David Wilson passed away 
|an. 6. He is survived by his 
WILSON, '57x. 

Andrew Fortier, husband of 
'64, passed away Aug. 24, 

passed away Nov. 22, 2001 . 
He is survived by his wife, 
EDWARDS, '65. 

Alumni News 

Calvin White 

New Academic Vice President 

Dr. Calvin While. Formerly vice president for enrollment serv- 
ices at Sterling (Kan.) College, has been named academic vice 

president at Bryan, succeeding Dr. David Masoner, who is mot - 
ing to the new position of senior vice president 
Dr. While spent 1 3 years as an associate professor of music at 

Northwest College in Kirkland. Wash, before beginning work in 

enrollment management. In 2000, he moved to McPherson 
College as assistant director of admissions and financial aid, and 

was named director ol admissions in April 2001 l.alei lhal year 
he moved to Sterling as \ ice president for enrollment sen ices 
Dr. \\ hire earned the Ph.D. degree in mustcolog) liom the 
University of Washington, where he also earned Ins master's 

degree in music theory. He earned his 
bachelor's degree in sacred music from 
Central Bible College in Springfield, 

"I enjoy academic policy work and 
committees, and feel strongly about 
quality in the teaching-learning process 
in Christian higher education." he said. 
"I think the academic vice president has 
a wonderful opportunity to have influ- 
ence in these areas, and that this next stage of my ministry is a 
natural outgrowth for my strengths and experiences." 

He pointed out thai Bryan's management, quality of education, 
and "solid commitment to the Bible and a Christian worldview"^^ 
were important factors attracting him to the college. 

I le and his wife, Debby. were to move to Dayton in late June 
I hey are the parents of a daughter. Amy, who is a Ph.D. candi- 
date in English at the University of Tennessee- Know i I le. 

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Men's and Women's 

Alumni vs, varsity soccer 

under the lights 

Alumni vs. varsity basketball . 

Men's ^H^fc M 

Alumni vs. varsity baseball under the 

lights in the new baseball stadium 


Alumni vs. varsity volleyball 

Class Reunions: 

Cluster reunion for Class of 1952 and earlier 

45th Class of '57 • 40th Class of '62 • 35th Class of '67 

30th Class of 72 • 20th Class of '82 • 15th Class of '87 

10th Class of '92 • 5th Class of '97 • 1st Class of 2002 

Cluster Reunion for the Classes of '99, '00, '01, and '03, '04, '05 

Alumni Choir and Chamber Singers reunion and perform anc 

Celebration 2002 with Dr. Brown 

Naming opportunity celebrations 

Alumni worship service 

...and many more activities. 

JMark your Calendar for 

Homecoming Celebration 2002 

October 1^3 

We are anticipating thousands of alumni returning to the brand new Bryan 
College campus. This will be your best opportunity yet to see such a large 

number of your friends all in one place. 

Our Commitment to Our Alumni: If you make the effort to be here- 
. \ -It will be well worth it! 

Here are some of the events: 

Major League Baseball's fireworks show 

in the Grassy Bowl 

Alumni Advisory Council annual meeting 

Veggie Town Bible School for ages K4-5th 

Grade 17.5 hours of free time 

for mom and dad) 

Alumni and varsity sports banguet 

Builders Commission banquet 

Alumni golf tournament 

Sacred Assembly 


Be looking for your registration packet to arrive in your mailbox soon. See you in October! 

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